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: Project Mine. '85 900 4dr. Turbo


DustinS
5th March 2011, 06:03 PM
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It's an Production Year 1984, Model Year 1985. 16v Turbo. Black 4 Door.

It has louvers, Ronal Mini-Lights and pretty much no rust except where the trunk rusted out. So trunk lid and trunk floor are gone.

The original owner had left the car to his roommate before he left, but they had never got the title moved over into the new owners name. fast forward 2 years and the new owner wants it out of his yard but it has no title. I was going to pick it up as a parts car but my grandpa said it wouldn't be smart. So the hunt began to find the original owner. i ended up finding his phone number on his daughters facebook page from a post from like 2 years ago.(remember to be careful about what you post, never know who is looking.) Found him and got the title, and as of last night the car was in my name(the first car to be in my name). After a bit of a scare(the trailer tongue didn't latch onto the ball and popped off with car half way on.) the car was on it's way to the shop i work at till i could get it running enough to take home.

Plans(no particular order):
Clutch
New Trunk lid/trunk floor
Move over Aero Wheels with new tires from '84
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Clean interior(or new interior)
clean engine bay and replace all rubber vacuum hose with silicon
get headliner situated(been replaced but has started sagging)
possible short shifter
lowering springs or adjustable afco spring setup
new shocks
T5 swap?

first question.

The clutch is out and i was wondering what you guys recommended, stock or 9000. are there any aftermarket clutches still made?

jdwertz
5th March 2011, 10:59 PM
83' turbo clutch and PP strongest stock you are going to get. Have a buddy that has been doing this forever and 83' was the best you can get stock.

I think someone on TSL is holding back a holset with a 9k clutch/PP/flywheel

DustinS
7th March 2011, 07:56 PM
More Pictures

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Pretty Much Perfect

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Ya... It's Bad

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Needs A Good Cleaning

DustinS
13th March 2011, 01:13 AM
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brother and sister :)

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was too lazy to do the oil myself, so took it to get it changed. the people couldn't comprehend that the ignition was on the floor, i had to get in the passenger side and put my finger on it :roll:

then they had like 7 guys looking it over cause they had never seen one and were interested in it. they were surprised it was over 300,000 miles(he came in and asked because he didn't believe the odometer was correct.)

the seats bottoms have fallen out. i just look at it as a very cheap racing seat :cool: but i think i am going to get it fixed and wrapped in black suede.

the BPV was blown so i replaced that with one that was floating around, while changing that i cleaned all the hoses and such that had to do with the turbo. and found a crack on the rubber hose on the intake side of the turbo. so that needs replaced. will only boost 1/4 into the yellow and then holds. which sucks. but moving up from an 8v n/a the 16v with little boost is so much faster ;ol;. im really ready for more boost

DustinS
13th March 2011, 08:53 PM
Replaced the cracked hose with a good one and a known BPV, and checked all the hoses for leaks. i couldn't find anything that looks like it would leak. still only boosting 1/4 into the yellow. I fixed a vacuum hose that had fallen off and was making an extremely annoying hiss sound. boost comes on much quicker now. yet still only 1/4 into yellow. For now going to take her easy till i run out the bad gas then change the plugs and distributor and rotor.

edit: thinking about it. my tach cuts in and out, yet that is the only thing that seems happen. nothing else happens when it dies. what could it be?

DustinS
15th March 2011, 11:28 AM
made some significant orders from eeuroparts.com, superbrightled.com, and summitracing.com.

ordered some maintenance items
Master Clutch Cylinder Rebuild Kit
Master Brake Cylinder Repair Kit
Fuel Filter
Spark plugs(the iridium ones were the only eeuro had)
Distributor Cap and Rotor

then a few goodies
A few gauge cluster LEDs
Carbon Fiber Din-sized three gauge mount
VDO Cockpit Vacuum/Boost Gauge to help diagnose my boost issue :cheesy: :roll:

I also pulled the grille from the '84 as it is painted and nice. going to steal the headlight surrounds off my grandpas car while it is out of service due to a heater valve. unfortunately they will have to go back on when i get it fixed. and sometime i need to get the wheels and springs from the '84 to the '85.

edit/update: seems the base boost has been turned down some, or the wastegate is a little tired. going to fix that issue after work tonight. then my boss says we have a modded apc box? or some computer to go under the back seat that he says will give me a lot of fun.

DustinS
17th March 2011, 08:40 AM
Taking My Grandpa to work yesterday, my alternator and water pump belt/s broke. so i replaced those, my water pump is going to need to be replaced at some point in time, but wasn't enough to warrant the time to replace it at this point, though i will keep a very good eye on it. Also i will have to get a crank pulley soon, especially if i plan on doing a t5 swap.

How long does it take to rip the AC system out? the compressor is shot and putting strain on the engine, even while off. so i figured i would just take it out.

after i replaced the belt my car would run under ~1500 rpm and if i tried to apply load to the engine it would die, after almost an hour of diagnosing we found that the ignition module was different than it should be. it was white when all the ones out of the '85s we had with us were black, so we replaced it with one from my grandpas car and it runs perfectly. low end power has risen considerably and made driving quite nice.

the idle is still a little iffy but i can deal with that.

DustinS
20th March 2011, 01:41 AM
well it is pretty much a non-drivable car. it spits and sputters under load and idle is way twitchy, it seems to be running quite rich but i am not sure where to change it. it is quite easy in my 8v. anyway.

boost gauge said i was boosting just about 1 bar(i was at 13PSI most of the time, sometimes hitting 15PSI) before the car went crazy.

trying to work out getting a wiring harness from possibly an '86 or '87 to get rid of the bad wires the '85s are known for. while that is getting put in, if it gets put in, i will rebuild the brake master cylinder, and clutch master cylinder. get some new tires on the mini-lights(any suggestions?) and clean the interior.

have quite a bit of work in front of me, fun fun.

DustinS
21st March 2011, 01:38 PM
i was planning on a t5 install anyway, since i am going through the trouble of changing out the harness to a newer 900 harness, is there any reason i shouldn't just go straight to the t5?

mmoe
23rd March 2011, 08:43 PM
i was planning on a t5 install anyway, since i am going through the trouble of changing out the harness to a newer 900 harness, is there any reason i shouldn't just go straight to the t5?
You can change out the ECU and harness in about an hour, but a T5 conversion will probably be a minimum of a week's work when you factor in tracking everything down and implementing a solution for the trigger wheel. More likely it will be closer to a month to get everything ready to roll. I'd just replace the harness with a newer c900 harness for now, then move on to T5 later. If nothing else, you will learn quite a lot about how you might want to configure your T5 harness based on how the original harness is installed.

DustinS
28th March 2011, 01:45 PM
my boss said he knows of a good way to do a trigger wheel and would help me on that.
but my issue ended up being a bad distributor.

it seems the PO only wanted to do things to get it bare minimum running, some brake pads were done while others were not, wires that had broke were twisted together and electrical tape put over them and other such things. it is getting to a point where it is annoying, and i just want to rip it all apart and get it done right in the first place, but a lack of warm weather, money, and time prohibits all those.

also, the power locks do not work, or at least i don't think they do, if i unlock the drivers door i can hear the relay click and the trunk unlock but the other three doors stay locked.
same if i lock the drivers door - relay "click"- trunk lock. yet other three doors stay unlocked(if unlocked). i had the issue with my '84 but the relay didn't click at all, so i fixed all the wires in the fenders because they were all rotted out. and they worked, but the '85 doesn't seem to be rotted out and i don't want to risk breaking any of it by touching it, or should i go in anyway?

DustinS
29th March 2011, 10:14 PM
got a true modified APC from Nick. boost doesn't come on as fast, but it comes on stronger and doesn't seem to hit this magical seriously concerning hard boost cut, which i have decided is not knock cut. I think the timing chain is loose or something is not right in the timing chain area, as i get a rattling sound on the valve cover right above it. but timing is not off. so idk.

also have an oil leak somewhere, i think the valve cover, which is not that bad.

dash lights do not work, but instrument lights and glove box do. headlights flicker sometime and it very annoying/un-safe/going to get me pulled over, so i may go back to driving my 8v at night or till i get this car done. next week i will have a garage i can tear the car apart in. which needs to happen.

when it gets put in the garage my plans are:
Interior:
Take out seats and carpets
repair seats/replace with corbeau(any info or comments on this?)
clean/re-dye carpets.
clean up floors/fix any rust/por-15
extra insulation under floor rusters(help keep rust away while keeping stock insulation)
take dash out
repair dash cracks/cover in suede(still on the fence about this one)
Fix all wiring behind dash making everything nice and neat.
add extra interior lighting
headliner has been replaced, but was poorly done, so re-wrap in suede.
Try and get a Sport&Rally Steering Wheel and get re-wrapped in suede.(Try Hard
getting this)
*May have extra plans, but at this point, cannot think of anything else*

Exterior:
New Trunk Lid
Get Rust repaired and hood/roof/trunk resprayed
Fog Lights
HID Retrofit
Spray Louvers Gloss Black
POR-15 exterior parts
undercoating
Exhaust
Swap wheels and tires from 8v(Aero's with Summer Tires)
Lowering Springs/adjustable springs
New In Box Hella Turn Signals(already installed :cool: )
*May have extra plans, but at this point, cannot think of anything else*

Also going to do a general cleaning and re-wiring in engine bay.

philjohnhb
30th March 2011, 04:15 AM
You mention a 'hard boost cut', do you mean boost gets to 15psi and the car suddenly shuts off? If so that could well be the overboost fuel shutoff which lives behind the wiper relay under the dash. This can either be by-passed or adjusted to eliminate the sudden shutoff.

DustinS
30th March 2011, 08:45 AM
it doesn't shut off just throws the passengers into the seat belts.... but it does sound like my issue, hits 15PSI and it cuts boost till about Atmosphere. but if that is my issue, and it does sound like it, i know what i am doing after work today.

philjohnhb
30th March 2011, 10:24 AM
it doesn't shut off just throws the passengers into the seat belts.... but it does sound like my issue, hits 15PSI and it cuts boost till about Atmosphere. but if that is my issue, and it does sound like it, i know what i am doing after work today.

So you'll be bypassing it then!

DustinS
30th March 2011, 01:39 PM
heck yes. there is no fun when you can't just lay your foot down in third gear.edit: which relay might this overboost fuel cut be?

philjohnhb
31st March 2011, 04:18 AM
It's not a relay but it is mounted behind the wiper relay behind the knee bolster. Some have accessed this from the Left 'Hand speaker hole, I accessed mine with the knee bolster removed. With that removed look below the steering wheel to the left (US LHD Cars) you will see 2 black relays on a metal plate screwed to a lip on the bulkhead. Undo the screws and move the plate to one side and you'll see the fuel cut off. It is cream plastic and donut shaped with 2 x vac hoses going in and 2 x wires. In the centre is a shrouded screw; clockwise to adjust the cut off limit up, anti-clockwise to turn the limit down. Alternatively either connect the wires together or connect the 2 vac hoses together to bypass.

Krizzie
31st March 2011, 07:06 AM
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It's the lower one with 2 connections for vacuumhoses. ;)

DustinS
31st March 2011, 08:22 AM
Thanks :) That is what i thought it was, but was not too sure. seeing as how i didn't get it yesterday, i shall do it today after work.

now lets hope i don't blow my car up... :roll:

DustinS
5th April 2011, 12:43 AM
Well i have been super busy lately, uncle is moving back to Portugal so my attention is on him right now, but i have been able to sneak in some one on one time with me and the '85(still need to find a name for her).

i changed the valve cover gasket as i had a slight oil leak. the old gasket was very hard and was a pain to get out of the valve cover. While i was in there i also looked for the noise coming from the timing chain area. nothing seems out of place or worn, but at 320,000 miles, it could probably be changed. though it does need a good cleaning, it isn't bad but not too good.

i also used the turtle wax black box, black car waxing stuff. and it works amazingly. makes my car look way more expensive then it actually is haha. also took off the side molding as only the front half was on, looks very nice now. just needs a little more touching up as some of the tape is still stuck on. i also swapped the gunmetal Aero's from the '84 onto the '85. they look a lot better on the black car, just as the silver Mini-Lights that were on the '85 look a ton better on the platinum blue '84. pictures to come

yesterday i was at the mall and blew the upper coolant hose. changed the hose and the 82 degree stat for an 89 degree. yet my temp gauge still doesn't get out of the white at the bottom, it is starting to scare me. i did check tonight after i went for about an hours drive to see if my hood was warm or hot, and it was cold. like it never actually warmed up. I would suspect the hood to be hot after an hour, as i don't have the insulation on the hood. is the car just not getting to temperature? what could cause this?

also, when cold the car is pretty peppy, yet just about the time the car should be at running temperature and i can have fun with boost, it is kinda bogged down slightly, or just enough for me to notice, and the turbo does not pull as hard, it still boost to 15 psi, just doesn't feel like it, feels sluggish. any idea?

DustinS
12th April 2011, 11:21 PM
Blew another coolant hose. When it exploded it sounded like someone had ran into my car, i was with NickT. checking out his viggen as he had just got it running again and we both hurried to the door. it was nothing but a giant white pillar of smoke. pretty epic

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changed out the radiator fan switch(temp sensor) as my fans wouldn't turn on.

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Started Stripping the interior, it was really nasty.

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Found a full box of some medicine stuff

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found bad things....
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got all the rust sanded down and cleaned up and sprayed to keep it from coming back. didn't get any pictures due to my hands being pretty busy.

got the dash out. wasn't as hard as i thought it was going to be, going to wrap it in suede. Got some other tricks up my sleeve as well. have to figure out a lot of electrical issues though.

http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/215629_10150219618681011_662046010_8823881_7712879 _n.jpg

also have a "Sport and Rally" Steering Wheel coming in a few days. not sure if it is real or not, but it was a good price and pretty awesome.

DustinS
18th April 2011, 08:22 PM
my girlfriend helped me and we got the brake master cylinder and clutch master cylinder done. started bleeding the brakes and the front left calipers bleeder nipple sheared off... i may have gotten a little too angry and threw the wrench. this car has been nothing but trouble. but it is moving along. i stripped the interior entirely and fixed the rusty floors, luckily it was just surface rust, so sanded it all down then used some rust converter, then sanded some more and then sprayed the floors to keep the rust away. used some different insulation under the floor rusters to make sure it doesn't happen again.

painted the knee bolster black, but i was a little impatient and painted it when it was kinda cold outside, so i painted it in the garage. so i got a terrible smelling house, huge headache and a not so perfect knee bolster. it is not bad but has some white discoloration in a few small spots. oh well.

i also got the S&R Steering wheel in the mail. and it is indeed a real S&R Wheel. It needs re-wrapped for cosmetic reasons only, so i put it on the 8v while the '85 is in the garage

DustinS
21st April 2011, 01:49 PM
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i guess it is real haha. didn't get any pictures of the bad leather but oh well.

but bad news. i was driving the '84 as the '85 is still in pieces, i was driving a little spirited at the time when i hear a load scratch sound all of a sudden and i can feel it in the accel. peddle. charging fine, no power loss and everything is fine except for the scratching sound that is starting to scare me. get home and pop the hood.... and to my surprise........

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ya. i even had to drive it to my grandma's like that because i couldn't get it through the hole nor did i have a nut for it.

also, picture of painted knee bolster

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Green9kAERO
24th April 2011, 10:32 PM
I did the T5 swap to my 92 900S LPT in about 3 hours. But i already had a CPS setup...

On TSL there are a few people selling trigger wheels. I'd highly suggest it!

DustinS
26th April 2011, 10:01 PM
I did the T5 swap to my 92 900S LPT in about 3 hours. But i already had a CPS setup...

On TSL there are a few people selling trigger wheels. I'd highly suggest it!

my boss is going to help me set it up on the flywheel. eventually.....

and on a side note. got everything together and driving it i still get that hard boost cut, yet it is a little softer and it happens at about 17-18. so have to figure that out.

edit: nevermind... i shorted the wrong wires.... so i put those back on(i think they had something to do with cruise control which i am going to take out) got the right wires, will test during my lunch period.

DustinS
29th April 2011, 12:10 AM
Went for the test and i did, indeed, short the correct wires this time.

not much going on with the car as of right now, i think i am going to rip out the ac system as right now it is not hooked up, also gives me more room for a FMI. if i ever get to that point. which i hope i do. a lot of things need to happen with this car. first being the interior put back together.

DustinS
1st May 2011, 07:37 PM
Taken with my phone :)
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5182/5677907258_48440dbf2f_b.jpg

another one, still not a full one. not that great of a picture either.
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5308/5677886620_e1c108757b_z.jpg

Also fitted 2 Knock Leds... one actually in the box, and another on the dash, will be fitted properly after i start putting the interior back in, i want to make it a clean install, also thinking about a way i can have it set up to make the entire cluster light up red when it knocks, so i will notice it better at night without blinding myself. just a concept at this point, but i have a plan for it.

DustinS
3rd May 2011, 01:42 PM
Anyone have links to taking out the A/C? i looked in the Bentley but couldn't find anything.

Got a decent photo tonight, I have an un-vignette photo, but I like this one better

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5250/5685116229_d4549de640_z.jpg

DustinS
6th May 2011, 12:09 AM
MORE PICTURE WHORING!!!

Washed her in the rain, then polished her up nice.

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DustinS
8th May 2011, 12:20 AM
Well i took the front bumper off and then the front spoiler off. got it all painted up. I am in love with the Duplicolor Trim Paint, it is extremely easy to use. so i painted the grille and headlight surrounds. pictures tomorrow. I also drilled the inner fender for the air filter. Now it may all just be in my mind, but after putting the filter in the fender, boost comes on quicker, stronger, goes farther into the red, and i get a LOT less knock. but we will see. could also be because i have no front bumper on, so there is more air to the intercooler(which is put in the worst place ever, i need a FMIC soon).

HID Retrofit from The Retrofit Source (http://www.theretrofitsource.com/) is being ordered monday, and two mondays after that i order suspension stuff(was going to be in reverse order, but oh well)

Getting the Bi-Xenon Mini Morimoto Kit (http://www.theretrofitsource.com/product_info.php?products_id=227&osCsid=al3rf96thdcv1fri6iktll5uaegvhn10).

borderwave2
8th May 2011, 12:48 AM
Well i took the front bumper off and then the front spoiler off. got it all painted up. I am in love with the Duplicolor Trim Paint, it is extremely easy to use. so i painted the grille and headlight surrounds. pictures tomorrow. I also drilled the inner fender for the air filter. Now it may all just be in my mind, but after putting the filter in the fender, boost comes on quicker, stronger, goes farther into the red, and i get a LOT less knock. but we will see. could also be because i have no front bumper on, so there is more air to the intercooler(which is put in the worst place ever, i need a FMIC soon).

HID Retrofit from The Retrofit Source (http://www.theretrofitsource.com/) is being ordered monday, and two mondays after that i order suspension stuff(was going to be in reverse order, but oh well)

Getting the Bi-Xenon Mini Morimoto Kit (http://www.theretrofitsource.com/product_info.php?products_id=227&osCsid=al3rf96thdcv1fri6iktll5uaegvhn10).

Dustin, will you please do a brief write up on the morimoto kit? You may be the first c900 to do the conversion! Some NG900 guy did it and it looked amazing! Also, do you plan on sanding your lenses, or going with aftermarket clear ones? I think you can find clear ones as your headlight size is a pretty standard size for cars of that era.

DustinS
8th May 2011, 12:19 PM
Will do. I have been planning this for a very long time, I ordered aftermarket clear lenses. They were cheap enough. I have had them for over 6 months at the least Haha.

I am still deciding on what degree of Kelvin I want. 5000K or 6000K, leaning towards 5000.

I am planning on ordering the angle eyes with them. If I don't like them I just won't turn them on.

Eventually I want to get the blazer hid fog light kit they sell. With 4500 or 3500 I can't remember which is yellow ATM.

borderwave2
8th May 2011, 12:25 PM
Thanks Dustin, I'm sure it will turn out great! I vote you get 4300k if you can get it, or 5000k if not. You're going to get the best light output, which after all is the whole reason for doing this mod anyway.

Also, people commonly put in a higher degree kelvin bulb in an effort to achieve the look of benzes and BMW's. This doesn't work, as factory HID's achieve a purple look due to the light refraction at the cutoff point. All OEM's use 4300k.

Best of love with your project!

DustinS
9th May 2011, 12:18 AM
Thanks!

also pictures of the fender filter...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3446/5701830567_0143aef429_z.jpg

(chrome plastic is only because the place i work is the only place to get 3" Aluminum pipe and we aren't open on the weekends)

Edit: Ordered the HID Kit.

went with the Mini-Morimoto H1 Kit

H4 Adapter plate/wiring harness
35w
5000K(yes 5000k, will get 4300k later just in case i don't like the 5000k, or decide they look too ricey)
Angel Eyes(still not sure how these will look, I can leave them off if I don't like them)
Standard Shroud

going in these housings
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DustinS
11th May 2011, 08:02 PM
Ordered some LED parking lights. Small update...

HID kit came in today. as well as Emblems.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2405/5712988853_08a792e85d.jpg

pictures of HID kit at lunch break

DustinS
15th May 2011, 12:27 PM
Apparently I never got pictures here, will soon.

I have a car meet for one of the local forums, I am the only saab. Most of.the people own Japanese cars Haha. But excited

Also got a 9-3 intercooler, not sure how I am going to mount it though, rolling without a front bumper....

Picture of the intercooler.
http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/230288_10150252383956011_662046010_9097159_5624465 _n.jpg

http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/222197_10150253666326011_662046010_9116275_974443_ n.jpg

any idea on how i might go about mounting the IC?

and cut-off of headlights :)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3564/5720483747_b794aa58f6_z.jpg

DustinS
16th May 2011, 01:22 PM
Track 900

i want mine to corner like this...

http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/228484_10150254140271011_662046010_9121522_2129802 _n.jpg

15x8 :)

ziedoniz
17th May 2011, 07:13 AM
I wouldn't put stock 9-3 IC on, because it is constructed in the same way as stock 900 one. I mean it isn't any less restrictive, so why put something like that on your car?

DustinS
18th May 2011, 02:11 PM
I wouldn't put stock 9-3 IC on, because it is constructed in the same way as stock 900 one. I mean it isn't any less restrictive, so why put something like that on your car?

1: it is rated to 185HP, more than this engine is ever going to make without a rebuild. if I do rebuild the engine, i'll get another IC, we have a billion of them at work haha.

2: the stock IC is mounted in the worst place ever, this gets it into the open, which should help regardless of restriction, and won't be any more restrictive. If i don't notice any big change, i have quite a few different types to choose from.

3: It was free.

I am not worried about it making more power, the car is slow and i accept that. it has 327K miles and was sitting for two years and could probably use a rebuild, my main reason for going FMIC was to help heat soak, as the stock one is in a miserable place.

I also get pretty bad knock at high RPM's and can't hold steady boost unless i peddle it. Hoping that less heat soak will equal less knock.

DustinS
26th May 2011, 09:52 PM
well change in plans. after taking the a/c out i have decided that the IC isn't going to fit. so planning more on that.

still saving for wheels and tires :evil:

Intercooler (http://www.cxracing.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=CXR&Product_Code=IC0002-C&Category_Code=INCO)

or

Another Intercooler (http://www.cxracing.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=CXR&Product_Code=IC0003-25&Category_Code=INCO)

DustinS
28th May 2011, 01:37 AM
the clutch is slipping extremely bad :/ and I am taking the car to get dyno'd monday. also hit the peg on the end of turbo gauge tonight :/. oh well. at least it is running better with less knock haha

DustinS
8th June 2011, 01:55 PM
Well the dyno was exciting and interesting.

got the clutch in the mail, just need to get the 9000 flywheel.

Painted the minilights the same charcoal grey as the aero's but i am going to polish the lip.

i think i am going to stick with the minilights with some 205/50R15 RE-11's

SPGreg
8th June 2011, 10:18 PM
What'd you learn on the dyno?

Updated pix? ;ol;

DustinS
9th June 2011, 11:20 AM
What'd you learn on the dyno?

Updated pix? ;ol;

I learned that my car is a mess haha.

had a ton of clutch slippage and knocking :roll: :cry:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2304/5777578445_0548cdc363_z.jpg

though it did make quite a bit of power for just the fender intake mod and apc turned up a tad.

also found out why my car wouldn't idle right, the IAC valve's electrical connector is not working correctly i have to hold it to one side and it will work. i have cleaned the terminals on both the IAC valve and the plug. It is driving me crazy.

one thing i have noticed is i do not hear my fuel pump prime. should I?
I figured I should, as i could in my 8v and in the newer cars.

also painted the 8v hood with chalk paint for the local car forum meet, as i am moving to hawaii soon. so getting everyone to sign the hood before i leave. the flat black look is growing on me. but in moving i have to leave my baby(saab) at home :cry: . trying to procure another one when i get there.

edit: Got my LED order in yesterday.
Led parking lights(they look really bright unless the HIDs are on)
Led Interior lights
and Led License Plate Bulbs.

still need quite a few more, but they look good.

One of my Halo ballasts went out a few weeks ago, got a replacement sent to me, which should be here today or tomorrow, then i can get some good pictures.

DustinS
14th June 2011, 01:31 PM
*COUGH*

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3123/5832327923_623a46c2c4_z.jpg

maybe...

DustinS
6th July 2011, 01:41 PM
Got a little Bit Done. Painted the wheels but have not polished the lip yet. I am not getting new tires, i am moving to hawaii in a month and won't be able to take the car :( so spending money on tires would be a stupid idea. anyway.

got the front lowering springs on. really helped with front wheel grip, need to get the rears in.

Swapped the passenger seat out, for the seat out of the 8v as it is near perfect. though it is blue.

Fixed some vacuum leaks, though i still have a large one under the drivers side dash area. doesn't leak on vacuum. but leaks on boost, and is holding boost to only 5psi instead of 15-18 psi.

Painted some engine stuff. Painted the vacuum capsule satin black, painted the spark plug cover a metallic blue that i love, as well as the intake pipe that goes to the filter in the fender.

Now for pictures

http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/271030_10150303708661011_662046010_9576996_6334501 _n.jpg
Lowering Spring on the right

http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/268494_10150303782956011_662046010_9578414_7959908 _n.jpg
Painted Mini-Light

http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/270748_10150303777746011_662046010_9578374_6019932 _n.jpg
Painted Capsule, the blue specks are the insulation of the wires :roll: , need to get in there and fix them.

http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/260259_10150303778291011_662046010_9578382_2130567 _n.jpg
Pictures just can't display the awesomeness of this blue.

http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/270825_10150303778556011_662046010_9578388_652005_ n.jpg
Can you Spot what is missing?

oh and for fathers day....

http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/253472_10150284123646011_662046010_9413173_7071628 _n.jpg

dmgb5
6th July 2011, 02:47 PM
Can you Spot what is missing?



Your power steering reservoir.

DustinS
6th July 2011, 06:09 PM
Thought no one would figure it out...

DustinS
11th July 2011, 08:49 PM
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-42cB0Gtte7Q/Thsu6J5U7cI/AAAAAAAAAAc/vy_noFF2dL8/s400/11+-+1

Small update

DustinS
8th August 2011, 10:37 AM
So have some bad news(at least sorta)

I am moving to Hawaii next monday, and to get me some extra cash i am selling my car. hopefully the new flywheel comes in before i get a taker.

but it is farewell to the saab scene for a while as there are not many saabs for sale on the big island. though there is a 9-5 wagon with a blown head gasket i might go after. Fix it up and sell it.

SPGreg
8th August 2011, 06:17 PM
Too bad you have to sell.

Here's a project for you in Maui:

http://honolulu.craigslist.org/mau/cto/2469821339.html

Or for more dollars, this classic convertible:
http://honolulu.craigslist.org/big/cto/2525355314.html

Best of luck in Hawaii!

DustinS
4th September 2011, 09:07 PM
Thanks. Unfortunately couldn't jump on the 9-5 wagon as the guy i am staying with had a car already set aside for me, so i kinda had to take it. '88 1.8l 8v Jetta :/. For $500 the jetta has more issues and is a worst off car than my Saab was for $400.

My Saab is probably the #1 reason for me wanting to go home, but oh well.

DustinS
7th October 2011, 05:02 PM
1: it is rated to 185HP, more than this engine is ever going to make without a rebuild. if I do rebuild the engine, i'll get another IC, we have a billion of them at work haha.


I Stand Corrected.

My Car was for sale for a while, but my dad wrecked his car, so he took my honda, then my grandpa started driving my 900. So the car is in good hands and he says that he loves the power.

There is talk of getting it shipped over here sometime in the future, and i really can't wait. I am quite envious of all you who still have access to your cars.

DustinS
7th November 2011, 01:01 AM
Okay. So I just got the news that I will be moving back home. ;ol;

Which means this build thread will be resumed! :cheesy:

So I have started getting an idea of what I want to see happen to the car over the next Year-2 years. I will be taking my time and saving up for everything.

I am currently looking to get some better rubber under the car w/ wheels.

Anyone's thoughts on these?

http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/racinglab_2182_2200375303
Rota RB 16x8 ET 38

http://www.tirerack.com/images/tires/bfg/bfg_gforceta_kdw2_ci2_l.jpg
Tires will be a 225/45R16.

http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/315549_10150440677796011_662046010_10672849_950753 889_n.jpg

That is the 225/45R16 on a 16x8 et38 vs. 205/55R15 on a 15x5.5 et 40 which is currently on the car.

CycM17
7th November 2011, 07:43 AM
Get them, you won't be disappointed. I have RB 15x7 on my '83 and they have been great. Good price, light weight. I have the same finish too.

;ol;

Glad the project is being resurrected.

DustinS
9th November 2011, 07:15 PM
Thanks! I am glad someone has tried them and liked them.

Talking with Nick Taliaferro, He said I might have to modify my rear arms, but we will see.

I made up a list of things I want to see happen within the next 1-3 years, and here it is:

Maintenance:

Rh Axle - $110
Lh Axle - $110
Front Wheel Bearing x2 - $115
Rear Hub x 2 - $330
Inner Tie Rod End x2 - $75
Outer Tie Rod End x2 - $45
Ball Joint Kit x4 - $240
Upper Control Arm Bushing x4 - $30
Lower Control Arm Bushings x4 - $25
F Torque Rod Bushing x2 - $10
R Torque Rod Bushing x2 - $20
Rh Track Rod Bushing - $15
Lh Track Rod Bushing - $15
Throttle Body Micro Switch - $50 :shock:
Ignition Coil - $60
Timing Chain - $60
Valve Cover Breather Nipple - $5
Drivers Side Engine Mount - $25
Passenger Side Engine Mount - $25
Solid Front Transmission Mount - $35
Radiator - $155
Lower Radiator Hose - $15
Upper Radiator Hose - $10
Lower Heater Hose - $15
Upper Heater Hose - $10
Water Pump - ~$80
Antenna Mast - $15
Seat Platform Kit x2 - $45
Skid Plate - $45

Performance/Aftermarket/Fun Stuff:

Koni Shocks - $400
Afco 5.5"x9.5" Springs @ 500lbs (Front) - $100
Afco 5"x9.5" Springs @ 650lbs (Rear) - $100
Afco Weight Jack + 5.75" Jack Bolt + 8" Jack Bolt - $60
Rota RB 16x8 et40 x4 - $500
Toyo Proxes R1R @ 225/45ZR16 - $600 + Shipping
Adams Rotors F+R Race (Double Slot) w/Blue Hub - $350
Performance Brake Pads - $150 (Have not chosen yet)
Goodridge SS Brake Lines - $120
Battery Relocation Kit - $165
3" Cat-Back Exhaust - $500
Corbeau GTS II Suede + Seat Base - $500
Corbeau Sport Seat (Wide) + Seat Base - $500
TheRetrofitsource.com Blazer Fog Light Kit - $170
TRS.com H3C Morimoto 3Five Bulbs @ 3000k - $40
TRS.com Morimoto 3Five Ballast (AMP) - $110
Hella 500's x4 - $150 ;) :cool:
Hella H3 Xenon Blue Bulb @ 100 Watt - $35

I also have a list of supplies from Dell City I want, and I need to get a price on getting some body work done, which will probably be the last thing I do.

There may be a few things missing, and I rounded up with all the prices. The List isn't in Order, and besides the wheels, I plan on working on Maintenance first. I can't wait to be Driving the Saab again, not to mention working on her.

DustinS
15th November 2011, 05:19 AM
Scratch all past talk about wheels... I have found what works and what doesn't, and will be going with 17x7 w/ 215/45R17

I have chosen to go with Tenzo Wheels

Tenzo DC-5 V1 Bronze
http://www.evasivemotorsports.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/dc5_version1_bronze.jpg

Tenzo DC-5 V1 Charcoal
http://www.evasivemotorsports.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/dc5_version1_charcoal_grey.jpg

Tenzo DC-5 V2 Bronze or Charcoal
http://www.evasivemotorsports.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/dc5_version2_bronze.jpg

Tenzo R Tracer v1 or V2 Charcoal (Maybe Even 18x7.5)
http://www.evasivemotorsports.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/tracer02_charcoal.jpg

Tenzo R Type M v1 or v2 Bronze or Charcoal
http://www.evasivemotorsports.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/type-m_version1_bronze_solid.jpg

Tenzo R DC-6 Bronze or Charcoal
http://www.evasivemotorsports.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/dc6_version1_bronze.jpg

Any suggestions are welcome.

DustinS
27th November 2011, 11:37 PM
Updated List

Maintenance:

Rh Axle - $110
Lh Axle - $110
Front Wheel Bearing x2 - $115
Rear Hub x 2 - $330
Inner Tie Rod End x2 - $75
Outer Tie Rod End x2 - $45
Ball Joint Kit x4 - $240
Upper Control Arm Bushing x4 - $30
Lower Control Arm Bushings x4 - $25
F Torque Rod Bushing x2 - $10
R Torque Rod Bushing x2 - $20
Rh Track Rod Bushing - $15
Lh Track Rod Bushing - $15
Throttle Body Micro Switch - $50
Ignition Coil - $60
Timing Chain - $60
Valve Cover Breather Nipple - $5
Drivers Side Engine Mount - $25
Passenger Side Engine Mount - $25
Solid Front Transmission Mount - $35
Radiator - $155
Lower Radiator Hose - $15
Upper Radiator Hose - $10
Lower Heater Hose - $15
Upper Heater Hose - $10
Water Pump - ~$80
Antenna Mast - $15
Seat Platform Kit x2 - $45
Skid Plate - $45

Performance/Aftermarket/Fun Stuff:

Koni Shocks
Afco 5.5"x9.5" Springs @ 500lbs (Front)
Afco 5"x9.5" Springs @ 650lbs (Rear)
Afco Weight Jack + 5.75" Jack Bolt + 8" Jack Bolt
Rota RB 16x7 et 25 x4
Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec @ 205/50R16
Tenzo-R DC-5 17x7 et42 x4
Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 @ 215/40R17
Adams Rotors F+R Race (Double Slot) w/Blue Hub
Performance Brake Pads (Have not chosen yet)
Goodridge SS Brake Lines
Battery Relocation Kit
3" Cat-Back Exhaust
Corbeau GTS II Suede + Seat Base
Corbeau Sport Seat (Wide) + Seat Base
TheRetrofitsource.com Blazer Fog Light Kit
TRS.com H3C Morimoto 3Five Bulbs @ 3000k
TRS.com Morimoto 3Five Ballast (AMP)
Hella 500's x4
Hella H3 Xenon Blue Bulb @ 100 Watt
Added - Saab Rally Steel Rear Diff Cover
Added - T5 ECU/Wiring Harness Upgrade
Added - Black or Charcoal Suede Headlining
Added - Rally Armor Mud Flaps
Added - Meguiars Porter Cable XP Ultra Polish Kit with 5.5 Inch Pads
Added - BLACKFIRE Wet-Ice Over Fire Kit

DustinS
10th December 2011, 02:18 PM
Little Update:

My Grandpa had to drive my car this morning as the van wouldn't start, but when He returned and I later had to get something out of my car I noticed that the drivers side fog light had been knocked off. He accidentally broke it completely off and it was hanging by the wires.

Also found a set of Brand new Hella 500's I didn't even know That I had. ;ol;

Grabbed a Picture while I was outside.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7148/6487994633_08fd26fa69_z.jpg

I am also going to start looking into getting the T5 swap done ASAP. Cold start issues and fuel problems are getting annoying and I am not able to track down the issues. Quite a bit of the original harness is starting to rot away as most '85's do, so I would like the replace it before something shorts out and kills the car.

DustinS
19th December 2011, 11:02 PM
Shortened my list, After this, I will be saving for a 9-3 SE

Koni Shocks
Afco 5.5"x9.5" Springs @ 500lbs (Front)
Afco 5"x9.5" Springs @ 650lbs (Rear)
Adams Rotors F+R Race (Double Slot) w/Blue Hub
Performance Brake Pads
Goodridge SS Brake Lines
Corbeau GTS II Suede + Seat Base
Corbeau Sport Seat (Wide) + Seat Base
Hella H3 Xenon Blue Bulb @ 100 Watt
T5 ECU/Wiring Harness Upgrade
Black or Charcoal Suede Headlining - Maybe.

Fix Miscellaneous leaks and issues.

Ordering wheels at work tomorrow.

Enkei EV5 17x7
http://www.enkei.com/images/performance/enkei_ev5_bronze_large.png

The tires will be Continental ExtremeContact DW @ 215/40R17. Really Cheap Summer Performance Tire with good reviews.

DustinS
3rd January 2012, 12:31 AM
Took my car on drive through some very technical back roads over new years weekend and really enjoyed chasing my friend in his modified 350z. My car is just no match compared to his for the twisties. I am in the process of trying to get my car to the point I can at least hang with him.

I am fighting body roll, traction, fueling issues, and driver technique/experience.
Also wear items. My inner drivers are worn pretty bad and I have a decent pull to the right. no power steering is also a slight issue but I enjoy it.

Konis and stiffer lowering springs are hi on the list of things to do.

Though my main concern right now is knock and fueling issues. My wideband reads 15-16s AFR under full load with a 3 Bar FPR. I also get knock when making pulls in 3-5 gear (try not to get on it in 1st or 2nd). I have replaced the fuel filter, my only other thoughts are if my fuel pump is old and tired or if the injectors are really really dirty. The car was not taken very good care of before I bought it and I bought it with 320,xxx miles. So I am sure it has only ever gotten 87-89 octane fuel.

DustinS
5th January 2012, 08:56 AM
I plan on attending the 100 Acre Wood Rally in February with a friend of mine. I want to have my springs and Koni's by then. Planning on purchasing the springs one side a week. (front - rear) then saving for the Koni's. Hopefully that won't take long. Surprise maintenance is my only worry.

B202NUT
5th January 2012, 10:06 AM
Surprise maintenance is my only worry.

do not let it suprise you; be proactive with it. I am a firm believer and the proof has been in the doing, if you perform preventative maintenance every 5000 miles you will not have any suprise issues. Use the suggested service routine in the front of the bentley and do most all of it every 5000 miles and I can almost gaurentee you will either catch things before they become a headache or eliminate problems before they even occur.

I have been practicing this religously the last 1,500 miles and I haven't had any surprise maintenance issues. Not even 1....

Good luck on the suspension bits...

misu
5th January 2012, 10:26 AM
do not let it suprise you; be proactive with it. I am a firm believer and the proof has been in the doing, if you perform preventative maintenance every 5000 miles you will not have any suprise issues. Use the suggested service routine in the front of the bentley and do most all of it every 5000 miles and I can almost gaurentee you will either catch things before they become a headache or eliminate problems before they even occur.

I have been practicing this religously the last 1,500 miles and I haven't had any surprise maintenance issues. Not even 1....

Good luck on the suspension bits...

How can you practice 5000 miles maintenance regularly within 1500 miles? :D

B202NUT
5th January 2012, 10:47 AM
How can you practice 5000 miles maintenance regularly within 15000 miles? :D

:lol:; first cup of Jo not quite done yet!!

As soon as I paint my DD I am getting knee deep in the vert so I can have it done before spring; stay tuned!

misu
5th January 2012, 10:54 AM
As soon as I paint my DD I am getting knee deep in the vert so I can have it done before spring; stay tuned!

I have lots of work too. First of all, I have to change dashboard with a better one, then repair something inside rear right window - bad sounds when it goes up or down, also I would like to change front seats, paint carpet and change transmission. I want 5-speed manual and I have one good one from Aero (you say it SPG)...

B202NUT
5th January 2012, 10:59 AM
I have lots of work too. First of all, I have to change dashboard with a better one, then repair something inside rear right window - bad sounds when it goes up or down, also I would like to change front seats, paint carpet and change transmission. I want 5-speed manual and I have one good one from Aero (you say it SPG)...


My plans unfortunately are far more extensive:

Fit refurbed short block
paint BLUE :cool:
Tan leather Interior
Fit Burlwood
Dark Blue Top
Remove and repair Dash for cracks
Steering Rack
Suspension Bits
Carpet

Hopefully before it gets too hot I will be accomplished;ol;....

I am sticking with Autobox; wife will be driving most the time... Box was smooth not clunks or hang ups so i Figure i run it and see how long it lasts...

misu
5th January 2012, 11:09 AM
Concerning autobox: I still have a feeling of wasting power from engine. Yoi know, push pedal down, hear and see how engine goes into revs, feel its power, but car moves very "lazy". Well, from standstill it isn't such like above, it has power to start quite fast, but around 40 km/h it is worse. You want to "take off" and no power on wheels. And you feel and know, that you have the power! But it is lost in torque conventer and in transmission...

misu
5th January 2012, 11:12 AM
I have original burlwood dash panel in my workshop. But I cannot mount it because dashboard has one from its long screws broken inside its "nut". It is not drillable, so only one option is different dashboard.

B202NUT
5th January 2012, 11:53 AM
I have original burlwood dash panel in my workshop. But I cannot mount it because dashboard has one from its long screws broken inside its "nut". It is not drillable, so only one option is different dashboard.

OR POP off the mounting hole it runs through. the fascia is only held to the dash though mount loops, should be able to force out without damaging the wood. Will lose mount loop in dash fascia though.

B202NUT
5th January 2012, 11:55 AM
Concerning autobox: I still have a feeling of wasting power from engine. Yoi know, push pedal down, hear and see how engine goes into revs, feel its power, but car moves very "lazy". Well, from standstill it isn't such like above, it has power to start quite fast, but around 40 km/h it is worse. You want to "take off" and no power on wheels. And you feel and know, that you have the power! But it is lost in torque conventer and in transmission...


maybe I need to drive a really fast 900 because I dont feel this with my autobox. When I hit the gas it goes; no hesitation no lag. from stop it moves off line with the rest of cars around me no problem. Gears shift to third rather quickly but power is right in line.

I am sorry but I just never experienced the lack of acceleration many guys refer to when discussing auto box. the box in our very was quit pleasant and I wouldn't change right at this moment...

Maybe I am the only fan of the Classic 900 autobox :)

misu
5th January 2012, 01:12 PM
maybe I need to drive a really fast 900 because I dont feel this with my autobox. When I hit the gas it goes; no hesitation no lag. from stop it moves off line with the rest of cars around me no problem. Gears shift to third rather quickly but power is right in line.

I am sorry but I just never experienced the lack of acceleration many guys refer to when discussing auto box. the box in our very was quit pleasant and I wouldn't change right at this moment...

Maybe I am the only fan of the Classic 900 autobox :)

Maybe You have different autobox. Is it really old Borg-Warner 37? Check it out :D
Concerning dashboard, I've explain it bad, maybe. I have fascia panel, burlwood one, inside my workshop. Inside car is ordinary fascia with "cheap" burlwood stick. But whole dashboard inside car has one of those long screws, holding fascia to dashboard, broken. So fascia is held with only three screws and doesn't fit well enough in dash for me, not enough for a new, original burlwood. So I have to find and mount a new dashboard, then I can mount that beutifull fascia...

B202NUT
5th January 2012, 01:38 PM
Maybe You have different autobox. Is it really old Borg-Warner 37? Check it out ..


Oh yes its the same, but cars previous owners were women. One was well off and had other cars to drive. The PO I bought from had car sitting 2 years and only drove to work and home. Un-abused Borg-Wagner;ol;....

I have a light foot; no need to blast off; when I got car as bad condition cosmetics were the oil in the box was pink as it was in the bottle...

DustinS
5th January 2012, 02:00 PM
At 330.xxx miles as bad as this car was taken care of. I am sure I could get a surprise. I don't even have a trunk floor :roll: it is completely rusted away. Just some good ol' weight saving :lol:.

But I got my swedish license plate. Wasn't suppose to get here till Monday. Pictures when I get off work, replacing the one that got stolen.

I need to change my dash out, took one out of my old 8v in pretty nice condition. It's currently in my bed taking up most of it :cheesy:

http://www.customeuropeanplates.com/images/image.php?plate=EEC-Swedish-License-Plate%2FSAAB%C2%BD900%2FBlack

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7012/6643963809_b7cc037608_z.jpg

DustinS
8th February 2012, 01:26 PM
Ordered and received a Prosport Evo digital volt gauge. Comes in a White/Green display and I have to say I love it (found my alternator puts put anywhere from 11.1 to 13.6). I plan on ordering a Boost and Wideband of the same Model.

http://prosportgauges.com/images/products/display/VOLT300.jpg

I am going to look at a set of 17s after work tonight, Hopfully have them monday.

DustinS
6th March 2012, 01:29 PM
I got some wheels finally. No more bent rims :). just need to find some tires.

You can also see the one of the Koni's I purchased last week. All four of my old shocks were blown :/ (Got them from work (GenuineSaab.com) We have one set left in stock.)

http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/420580_10150703406541011_662046010_11542651_769554 212_n.jpg

18x7.5 et 45. 5mm spacers get here friday.

I got asked to come to Import Alliance next month, so I plan on going. Just need to find some good used tires.

li Arc
6th March 2012, 07:08 PM
Well if all your shocks were blown, you had worn tires, and a bent rim, of course you can't keep up! Just be glad you had enough skill to keep it on the road! You'll find with 18's the ride is more aggressive but also more controlled. I suggest you experiment once you have your new tires where the traction loss point is because you'll need to know where your limits are if you're going to push it. I was very confident in knowing exactly where the limits were on the car (it's been 2.5 years now though so not as much anymore), so I always knew how hard I could push it and know that I'm guaranteed a certain performance.

If you plan on dialing up the stiffness of those shocks, you may want to upgrade your springs as well, not only to match the shocks, but also to lower your centre of gravity. I'm quite happy with my setup right now, but everyone has their own preferences to match their style of driving.

Another thing you'll probably want to do is to increase front negative camber, and, depending on how much you plan on racing or how aggressive you want your handling/control, rear as well (this is much harder though, as you'll need to bend the rear axle). Yes, you'll get increased camber wear on the inside of the tires, but you'll find even a slight adjustment helps increase your cornering g's that much more.

And...wth? You work at GenuineSaab?? Man, you should be able to get a lot of goodies for cheap(er)! Although, they are lacking a bit in the c900 department...

li Arc

DustinS
15th March 2012, 01:05 PM
the car is just all around tired(at ~330,xxx miles) alot of the bushing are worn pretty bad, as well as a lot of the seals are getting old and leaking. I should be picking up a 9-3 sometime this weekend or next. Take the ol' Classic off the road and do a rebuild. There are a lot of things that need addressed.

I have springs, just haven't installed them yet :roll:

also, I do work at GenuineSaab. although They got rid of a lot of the c900's way before I started. They needed room for all the newer cars. They still have quite a few good parts and great knowledge.

900t
18th March 2012, 09:56 PM
maybe I need to drive a really fast 900 because I dont feel this with my autobox. When I hit the gas it goes; no hesitation no lag. from stop it moves off line with the rest of cars around me no problem. Gears shift to third rather quickly but power is right in line.

I am sorry but I just never experienced the lack of acceleration many guys refer to when discussing auto box. the box in our very was quit pleasant and I wouldn't change right at this moment...

Maybe I am the only fan of the Classic 900 autobox :)

If anything the autobox feels faster than the manual... or maybe I am just not so afraid to break the gearbox :lol:

I had a Ford Edge (SUV) for a month or so recently. Wow that thing was fast, at every green light I'd look around me and see nobody, all the other cars were 1/4 mile behind and I wasn't trying to race or nothing :lol: Then I looked up the spec, 265 hp, oh that was why :lol:

B202NUT
19th March 2012, 05:37 AM
If anything the autobox feels faster than the manual... or maybe I am just not so afraid to break the gearbox :lol:

I had a Ford Edge (SUV) for a month or so recently. Wow that thing was fast, at every green light I'd look around me and see nobody, all the other cars were 1/4 mile behind and I wasn't trying to race or nothing :lol: Then I looked up the spec, 265 hp, oh that was why :lol:

Well, that's a stampede more than the SAAB autobox delives but I uderstand your point. I am in the process of replacing the wear items in the short block on that car and I can't wait to get it back on the road.

I am really trying to mind my maners and not tear it down to much so I can realistically get it back on the road soon.

DustinS
1st April 2012, 09:05 PM
Well... The 9-3 didn't work out. Guy sold it before I could go look at it.

In other News... My Trans Finally went out, so finding a car became my main priority. I couldn't be a picky as I would have liked.

I picked up This:
http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/564212_10150762325666011_662046010_11753401_467372 569_n.jpg

It's an '02 9-5 Aero. Both Front windows need the rollers, the front bumper has been curbed and needs replaced(lip was ripped off and tossed away :/ ). The cheap tinting is starting to turn purple, and the previous owner smoked(not that big of a deal, but I don't so the smell gets to me). Oh... and it's an auto.

The c900 is getting pushed to the back yard to be rebuilt slowly. I want to make it a clean weekend only car that I can enjoy for many years to come.

B202NUT
1st April 2012, 09:38 PM
I know nothing about the 9-5; however, my indy guy always suggested to me if I ever bought a 9-5 not to buy the V-6. With all due respect to your purchase he said they are a not so good model (that was putting it lightly in an effort not to offend).

Again, I know nothing about them but these guys worked for SAAB about 15 years before opening up a shop of their own. Whatever he was referring to, I hope you dont experience any of it

I do know the first order of business in those cars should be to drop the pan and do whatever needs to be done about that sump plague.

Best wishes and Good Luck,

Sorry to hear about your tranny. Be conscious of the slow rebuild. I hear those things can take years, and in many cased car not see road ever again..

DustinS
2nd April 2012, 04:25 PM
It's the 2.3l 4cyl. I wouldn't have got it of it was the v6.

DustinS
22nd May 2012, 10:35 AM
Little update:

I am looking to pick up a 1990 convertible. Will be a parts car to get my car and my grandpas car going. It's an auto, so the trans is of no use. But it has a good nose to be swapped to my grandpas. It also has a near perfect dash. Small crack by the speaker. The engine and turbo are good and has the big intercooler and piping. I think I am going to swap the bigger brakes over to mine and see if I can get a set of 9000 Aeros. I am hoping to t5 mine while the engine is out. Also clean up some of the rust appearing. More updates in about 2-3 weeks.

DustinS
17th July 2012, 03:43 PM
With the issues I have been having in my 9-5, no convertible. Hoping to get everything cleared up and be able to get a parts car soon-ish. Putting together my grandpa's 3 door currently, at the expense of very important engine parts from my car :cry:. Though I planned on upgrading/changing pretty much all of the parts anyway.

I think I might pull the engine and clean the bay, fixing the small rust issues and cover it up. The engine has 340,xxx miles and is still making 188whp and 224wtq.
but isn't happy doing so. That was at a solid 18psi. Near the end, my boost gauge showed that it will slip past 25psi(end of gauge, so who knows what it was actually pushing) :nono;

I think finding a new engine and refreshing it would do a world of help.

DustinS
20th August 2012, 11:46 PM
Going to put some work on the '85 tomorrow. Plan on putting it on jack stands and start stripping the suspension and drop the fuel tank. Then I want to clean up all the parts and change all the bushings. Fiberglass the trunk and undercoat the car. Then I'll start getting the engine ready to be pulled.

DustinS
3rd September 2012, 11:36 PM
http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/228509_10151192546986011_308147289_n.jpg

Need to put in some time stripping her down.

DustinS
6th November 2012, 09:45 PM
Drained the transmission fluid :confused:
http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/316573_10151284239121011_2029877634_n.jpg
http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/44475_10151284238791011_467127931_n.jpg
http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/534552_10151284238601011_1617324730_n.jpg
http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/400775_10151251013801011_609616805_n.jpg

:cry: ;oops:

li Arc
7th November 2012, 01:22 PM
That does definitely NOT look good...looks like a sheared tooth or something! Lots of bearing wear as well, if you look at my project page I had lots of shavings from my brand new bearings, but that's to be expected (plus probably shavings from the unusual wear that had me temporarily replace it).

If it's out of the car, you'll probably want to strip it down and take a look inside if you're keen on rebuilding, or grab a spare transmission for now to make do. Sorry about your project, I've been (somewhere close to) there!

li Arc

DustinS
8th November 2012, 09:59 AM
I have a spare from my first Saab. Just need to take the time to swap them. I still need to pull the engine and do a refresh though. 340,XXX+ miles makes the engine a bit sloppy. :roll:

S900t8v
10th November 2012, 11:31 PM
Thats looks like a spat roller maybe

DustinS
15th November 2012, 05:13 PM
Yeah. I am not sure till I open the box, which won't be till spring time. It is getting too cold to do any work outside.

li Arc
15th November 2012, 07:29 PM
Looks like we may be in similar boats then! I'm running my spare for now, but will probably tear open my chillcast in the spring as well!

li Arc